Big fan of the Moleskine products. But after carrying around this hardcover yellow-orange planner for almost a year, I have some thoughts:
1. I'm beginning to see the benefit of the soft-cover Moleskines. After a decent amount of wear and tear (and opening and flipping pages, and toting it around in bag with textbooks for classes), the spine of this book isn't looking so hot. It has a long wrinkle or something, running down the spine. I've noticed the same on the hard-cover Moleskine I use as a recipe book. It hasn't happened to the hard-cover Moleskine I use as an address book, but that's probably because I don't open that one often enough to wear it out yet. I've had a soft-cover pocket sized Moleskine that I've used about as long as this planner, and its spine looks just fine. So I think the soft Moleskines might just be better at maintaining their appearance. If you like to stick your Moleskines on a shelf after you've filled them, you might not like the spine to be so beaten-up looking. Or maybe you like that, because it just shows you used the thing so much. I'm thinking I might buy a soft-cover planner if I decide to go with a Moleskine planner again next year.
2. I'm really tired of the yellow-orange cover on this thing. It seemed like a fine choice when I bought it last fall (and I wanted it to be different than my black recipe book and my red address book)... but, man, am I tired of this color now. Probably should've just bought a black one. You can't go wrong with black. You can easily go wrong with a bright color. Now I know.
3. I didn't realize it until recently, but I guess they change the content of the front pages of these planners. I was doing some cleaning the other day and I stumbled onto my 2012 Moleskine planner. I started going through the 2012 planner because I wanted to double-check the date of somebody's birthday, and I noticed the layout of the early pages of the 2012 planner were different than the early pages of the 2014 planner. I guess I never realized it because I used a different brand of planner for the year between 2012 and 2014. But I'm not sure I like that they change the layout of those pages. Now that I know they change those things, it might make me less likely to buy a Moleskine planner online. I might need to look at one in person so I can check out what all changes they made from the previous year.